A Brazilian couple who had finished their tour of Whakaari/White Island minutes before it erupted saw people lying on rocks and heard screaming. The volcano erupted on Monday afternoon leaving six people dead, with another eight missing and believed to be dead. Speaking to The Project, Aline Moura and Allessandro Kauffmann said they had just boarded a boat after taking a tour of the volcano – something that had been on their bucket list. The volcano erupted ten minutes later. READ MORE:A history of White Island eruptions: New Zealand’s most active volcanoWhite Island tourist captures dramatic footage of volcano eruptionWhakaari: This is the family that privately owns White IslandWhakaari/White Island: ‘Fantastic team work’ in treating severely injured patients Moura told The Project they did not realise how serious it was until they could not see the island at all. “The captain turned the boat around and at first we didn’t understand what was happening or why were were going back to the island,” Moura said. ”Our first reaction was ‘run away’.” The couple saw people lying on the rocks and the water was white. Kauffmann said everybody was covered in ash and everything was grey. The other boat was covered in ash and the… Read full this story
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